2002 Sufi Conference
May 16 - 19

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TheJoy of Service
A Sufi Conference, May 16 - 19, 2002

LYNN BARRON is a student on the Sufi Path. Prior to finding her way to Sufism she was a student/teacher of Eschatology for twenty years.

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Session: The Heart's Turning Toward the Holy Essence, Friday, 2:30 - 4:30pm

LATIF BOLAT is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. Now residing in California, Mr. Bolat is one of the most distinguished Turkish musicians in the US and tours internationally, including England, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Turkey. With a vast repertory that includes songs in classical, folk and Sufi mystic music styles, he accompanies his singing on the baglama (long-necked lute), and various other traditional instruments from the Turkish folk music tradition.

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EVENING CONCERT: The Latif Bolat Ensemble: Turkish Mystic Music, Saturday, 7:30 - 9:30pm

MARIAH DEAN is a long time teacher and guide in the Inayat stream of the Chisti Order. She is also a management consultant for the American Management Association. Through organizational consulting, coaching, and Sessions, she accelerates business leaders' ability to live their authentic selves in this time of dramatic structural change.

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Session: Getting to the Heart of Business, Friday, 2:30 - 4:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - noon

SHAYKHA FARIHA is the spiritual guide of the Nur Askhi Jerrahi Sufi Order in New York City. She received direct transmission from Grand Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak of Istanbul in 1980 and is a successor of Lex Hixon (Nur al-Jerrahi). She guides communities throughout the US and in Mexico City.

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Session: Introduction to Zikr: The Circle of Divine Love, Friday, 2:30 - 4:30pm

EVENING ZIKR: The Circle of Divine Love: Zikr with Shaykha Fariha, Saturday, 10:00pm - 1:00am


KHATIBA GRAIS is a certified dance leader for the Dances of Universal Peace, a Representative of the Sufi Order International, and a Retreat Guide. She has been involved in the Sufi path for over 25 years through both the Dances of Universal Peace and the Sufi Order International headed by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and his successor Pir Zia Inayat Khan.

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Session: Treat Everyone as a Shrine of God: Dances of Universal Peace as a Vehicle for Reverence and Joy, Saturday, 10:00am - noon and 2:30 - 4:30pm


KABIR HELMINSKI is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order and is the Co-Director of the Threshold Society, a non-profit educational foundation that has developed programs that provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism and spiritual psychology. Translator of many volumes of Sufi literature, including the works of Rumi, he is the author of two books on Sufism: Living Presence and The Knowing Heart.

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LECTURE: Opening Talk with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Thursday, 8:00 - 10:00pm

Session: The Culture of Love and Stages of the Spiritual Journey, Friday, 2:30 - 4:30pm and Saturday, 2:30 - 4:30pm


PIR ZIA INAYAT KHAN is the son and successor of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. He serves as president of the Sufi Order International, North America, residing and teaching at The Abode of the Message, a spiritual community and retreat center in upstate New York. Pir Zia is editor of the recently published volume, A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music, and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Omega Publications, 2001). He is presently at work on a doctoral dissertation in Islamic Studies at Duke University.

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LECTURE: The Timelessness and Timeliness of Sufi Morals, Friday, 10:00am - noon

Session: Sufi Meditation, Saturday, 10:00am - noon


LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. He has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. He is the author of several books including Working with Oneness (May, 2002) and The Face Before I Was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography.

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LECTURE: Opening Talk with Kabir Helminski, Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

LECTURE: The Signs of God, Friday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Session: Catching the Thread: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Practice, Saturday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

LECTURE: The Joy of Service, Sunday, 10:00am - noon